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The California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) is a non-profit, tax exempt educational organization that supports, promotes and encourages participation in traditional arts of the diverse communities of southern California. We do this through festivals, concerts and other events, public education and services to artists.

Folk Music in the Schools

In 2000 with help from a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the CTMS created a “Folk Music in the Schools” program. To date the program has reached over 100,000 under-served elementary school students.  This short video about the program was created by Juli Emmel.

If you would like to help bring this wonderful program to more students, make a donation to CTMS by



Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger,

wife of Pete Seeger, passed away overnight on Tuesday, July 9th. She was 91. She was an essential part of all of her husband’s work. You can read her obituary from Sing Out!'s Website here.


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The Society needs to raise money.



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